May 26, 2013

Google Music All Access: Should It Be Your New Streaming Service?

Google unveiled Google Play Music All Access, a subscription music and internet radio service that opens the door to millions of tracks, all intermingled with the music you already own. Sounds great, and the price is competitive, but should you ditch your current streaming service for it? Let's take a look.

What Google Music All Access Has to Offer

Google Play Music All Access is a subscription music service that opens the door to the 20 million songs that Google Play Music has to offer for a monthly fee. You can listen to or download (for offline playback) any of the millions of songs available at Google Play, get recommendations of artists to listen to or purchase based on the music you own and the music you've already listened to, and create internet radio stations based on any song anywhere at Google Play. If you really love something you hear, buy it from Google Play to own it, free and clear, with no DRM.

What makes All Access really special is its approach to streaming radio. The songs you hear are personalized, meaning they're added to your playlist based on their similarity to the artist or song you used to start the station. That's normal, but what's really special is that you can peek at the songs coming up in the playlist, and swipe away any that you already know you'd rather not hear. You can even drag and drop songs in the playlist to reorder them. If you just want to lean back and enjoy the music, you can do that too—but if a song comes up that you don't like, you can skip as many times as you like. You're not restricted to a certain number of skips per day or hour, or a certain number of hours of streaming, all of which is unusual for a streaming radio app, and what makes All Access unique.

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